Pinellas school officials will begin accepting late applications to special magnet and career academy programs on Monday.
After not getting enough interest for some magnet and career academy programs, Pinellas school officials decided to increase the pool by accepting applications from student who live outside those school zones.
A few catches: If you are accepted as a late entrant to certain magnet elementary and high schools, you must provide your own transportation to class.
Last week, school officials said some programs came up drastically short of applicants. Among those were high school programs at Dixie Hollins, Tarpon Springs and Clearwater that are part of the Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education program. Parents and students showed more interest in fundamental school programs.
Also receiving less-than-expected interest were Centers for Excellence programs that allow students to earn high school credit, college credit, industry certification and scholarships, and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Countryside High.
School officials said they suspected that many parents didn't apply because they were unfamiliar with the programs.
"They are new and great options for young people," said Dee Burns, the district's director of student assignment.
The high school programs that will not provide transportation for out of zone students include: the iSTEM program at Countryside High; honors option leading to International Baccalaureate diploma program at Largo High; and the Advanced International Certificate of Education programs at Tarpon Springs, Clearwater and Dixie Hollins high schools.
The elementary magnet programs that are waiving the requirement for students to live in the southern half of the county include: the Center for Medical Science and Wellness at Lakewood Elementary and the Marine Science Center at Campbell Park Elementary.
For a complete list of affected schools, visit pinellas.k12.fl.us.